NWA Honored By Library of Congress

March 30, 2017
Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, Easy-E's mother, Kathie Wright, and DJ Yella of N.W.A.pose in the press room at the 31st Annual 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony.

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NWA’s groundbreaking album, “Straight Outta Compton,” has been selected for one of the nation's highest honors.

The Library of Congress has announced that the album is one of 25 additions to the prestigious National Recording Registry. The recordings are selected for their historical, artistic, or cultural significance.

“Straight Outta Compton” was released in 1988 and gone on to influence future generations of rappers with its raw lyrics about gang violence and the drug trade in south central Los Angeles. Amazingly, the album went platinum without much radio airplay and managed to capture the attention of white America. The track, “F—k tha Police” even prompted a warning letter from the FBI. "Straight Outta Compton" was also one of the first records to receive a parental advisory label for explicit content. It's often ranked as one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever made.

Plenty of standards are joining the registry too, including Judy Garland’s version of “Over the Rainbow,” the Eagles’ entire 1976 greatest-hits collection, and Don McLean’s 1971 folk song “American Pie.”